Ever since Arthur Conan Doyle first introduced the world to Sherlock Holmes at the end of the 19th century, the famous sleuth has remained at the forefront of popular culture, solving mysteries both on the page and the screen, and captivating readers and audiences around the globe.
However, while Holmes and his sidekick Watson may have a reputation for being able to crack even the toughest of cases, the fact remains that the characters remain somewhat shrouded in mystery themselves, with very few people being aware of the detective's background.
For instance, what inspired Conan Doyle to create him, and what elements of Victorian society is he supposed to represent.
The good news is that all will be revealed later this year, thanks to a fantastic new exhibit at the superb Museum of London, dedicated entirely to Sherlock Holmes.
Opening on October 17th and running for six months, the display will transport visitors back to Victorian London, enabling them to step into the world of the famous detective and discover exactly what it is that makes him tick.
Using photography, early film, paintings and original artefacts, the exhibit – which is the first to focus exclusively on Sherlock Holmes in more than 60 years – aims to shed light on the influences which led Arthur Conan Doyle to create the crime-solving duo.
At the same time, the display will attempt to enlighten visitors as to how Holmes has remained so popular even to this day, by indicating the ways in which he relates to our lives and appeals to our imaginations, more than a century after he was first created.
The Museum of London is located within the so-called Square Mile of the City of London, and is surrounded by a number of Victorian buildings that provide the perfect backdrop to a journey into the world of Sherlock Holmes.
It is also easily accessible from many of London's top hotels, so there really is no excuse not to visit when this fantastic exhibit is on.